Updated Mon, Mar 11, 2013 11:48 am
The Ohio Department of Transportation has not yet set a definitive date for a public meeting regarding the permanent closing of the intersection at Johnson Road and U.S. Route 33.
A spokesman said the meeting will address local concerns surrounding the closure, the safety reasons for closing the median, and possible plans for alternative routes to the road.
Local business and property owners have already met to discuss their concerns about the road closure. Two of the main worries were the possible negative impact on local businesses and delay in ambulance response time.
“We want to work with our local state courters and our partners to make sure that they have reasonable access out of their businesses and schools,” said District 10 spokesman David Rose.
According to Rose, local EMS agencies recently met with ODOT and said the closure would not affect their operations.
Rose also said ODOT is looking into the feasiblity of creating a road under U.S. Route 33 that would link Johnson Road and Township Road 251.
ODOT said safety concerns prompted the decision to close the intersection. Crash data suggests 55 percent of crashes at the intersection occured from left turn movements as well as other illegal movements according to ODOT.
“Safety is our number one priority," Rose said.